I like to end my school programs with a quick series of review questions, and then some more pointed, thought provoking questions...
"What do you know now that you didn't know 2 hours ago?" They come up with all kinds of tidbits for that one.
Then the kicker - "If you see a raptor tomorrow, and you saw one yesterday, would it mean anything more to you? Would you think differently about it?" The overwhelming response is that 'Yes, it would." Why?, I ask. 'Because we learned about it. Because now we know more about them." I encourage them to pay attention, to look for birds of all types and to remember how important they are in the ecosystem. I encourage them to visit with their families, and to keep learning about whatever interests them. Then, no matter how tired I am, or how much I know I have to do yet that day, I walk away with a smile and a sense that life is good in this moment. Because it is.
|Education Director, Gail Johnejack, teaching with Sharp-shinned Hawk|
Photo courtesy of Thorsburg Photography (Lisa Ellen Johnson)